Art at the Owl

Members of the OCAC or the Oliver Sagebrushers are invited to enter now for the Spring Art Show and Sale kicking off Arts and Culture Week April 17 – 24. The Oliver Community Arts Council, together with support from the Oliver Sagebrushers, are soliciting local artwork from artists in a variety of media: fine art, photography, and some smaller 3D installations.  The venue, the guest house at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, is a marvelous location for showcasing and selling local art. To receive an entry form, or to find out more information about the show and sale contact

Start with a Gourd…

leinweber-1As a former school art specialist, Carla Leinweber created art using many different media. Then in 1997, she took a course in gourds and was hooked. Handworks Gallery is pleased to be hosting Carla’s first solo show during the month of May.  Do come and see the beautiful and unique art possible using the lowly gourd. 


Handworks Gallery
35648 – 97 St.
Box 271
Oliver, BC   V0H 1T0
Here’s a little more about Carla:
taken from Gourd Fever, Volume 3, Issue 32 ( )


“Carla Leinweber has been involved in art as far back as she can remember. Professionally Carla was an Art Specialist with the Calgary Board of Education prior to moving to Okanagan Falls, B.C. During her career Carla co-authored a published curriculum unit for the Alberta Fine Arts Council and Global Education and held the position of Visual Arts Representative for the Province of Alberta for 2 years representing the Alberta Teacher’s Association. Carla also served as a museum docent for the Glenbow Museum in Calgary for two years.


“Carla’s introduction to gourds began with ornamental gourds. She would buy them to use in her still life classes as they were so beautiful to draw. In 1997 Carla took a course under the instruction of artist Rhoda Forbes at the Grist Mill in Keremeos, BC and within hours, Carla was totally entranced with this new art form.


“Carla’s ideas start with various images and then she proceeds to search out a gourd that will act as the foundation for this.
“I was very fortunate in my teaching career to have been exposed to the multitude of art materials and processes over the years. Thus, I can rely on the techniques of pyro-engraving, weaving, incising, painting, collage. This, combined with dyes, inks, pastels, wires, hand-made paper, found objects, fibres, etc allows me to push the visual artistic capabilities of a  gourd to the limit of ones imagination.” “


Ready, Set and FAS

autumn-1The 26th Annual Fall Art Show is set to go. It is slated for October 3-4, 2009  held in conjunction with the Festival of the Grape at the  Oliver  Community Centre. The theme for the show this year is “Autumn”.

October 3, 2009
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. : Public Viewing
3:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Public Voting and Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. :  Opening Reception and Entertainment
9:00 p.m. : Announcement of Category Winners, Best Interpretation of the Theme, People’s Choice, and Artists’ Choice
October 4, 2009
12 noon – 6:00 p.m. Viewing and Silent Auction
Admittance with your Festival of the Grape ticket


Calling All Artists!

The 2009 Fall Art Show theme is “Autumn” .

Categories: Painting, Fibre Art, 3-D, Photography, New Media, and Emerging Artists (age: under 19). Work must have been produced since January 2008.

Deadline: September 11, 2009

Cost: Entries are $10.00 each, maximum two entries per person.

Entry applications are now available at Handworks Gallery


or from Sally Franks (250-498-0104)